Jefferson Davis' plush accomodations for his first months at Fort Monroe! My father, who visited this location some years ago, assures me that the happy white paintjob is a recent development. When imprisoned there, Mr. Davis would have been staring at the same drab bricks that were in every other casemate.

While Davis was imprisoned, Pope Pius IX sent him a portrait with a Bible quote from Matthew 11:28, which translates as, Come to me all ye who labor and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest, sayeth the Lord. Was the Pope a Confederate sympathizer, or did he just feel sorry for this poor guy in a casemate?